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Wimbledon 2009

22 June-5 July




US Open

Third-round result:

A MURRAY (GB) v J MELZER (Aut)

6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 6-3

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By Sam Lyon

FIFTH SET

"There is no doubt that Murray makes tennis exciting whether he wins or loses. His inconsistency is a blessing in disguise for viewers of the game. Great match."
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Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 6-3 Melzer
THAT'S IT! Fair play to Melzer, the Austrian battling back from 15-40 down with yet more booming serves, but in the end Murray's power and finesse is too much to bear and the Scot secures a sensational five-set win after the third deuce with a drilled forehand winner. He celebrates with that ridiculous arm pump thing, the wally, but there's no doubting Muzza's mettle, there, brilliant stuff. He will now face Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round. Deep breaths all round...

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 5-3 Melzer
Brilliant, brilliant defensive work from Murray at 15-15, fending off a series of drilled groundstrokes from Melzer and then finding the winner. "I'm too strong! I'm too strong!" he screams. Melzer can't believe it, and Muzza sees out the rest of the game without alarm. This is his for the taking now and no mistake...

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 4-3 Melzer
Murray gets the crucial first point against serve with some good work at the net and even after Melzer muscles his way back into the game, the Scot bullies his way to a couple of break points with some brilliant work on his forehand. Melzer looks dead on his feet as he lines up a second serve - and he can't find the dip on his backhand return moments later, sending it long to hand Muzza the potentially oh-so crucial break. See it home, son, see it home...

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 3-3 Melzer
Blink and you miss it game from Murray as he holds to love - that's exactly what he needed, now can he go on and pressure the Melzer serve?

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 2-3 Melzer
The Grandstand crowd have really found their voice again as these two gladiators battle it out and Melzer responds with his best service game for a while, sealing a brilliant hold to 15 with a fierce forehand winner.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 2-2 Melzer
Murray drills down his 16th ace of the match to get the game started nicely, but then two delightful Melzer drop shots from the back of the court and a screamer of a backhand brings up two break points for the Austrian. Two brutes of a serve at just the right time see Murray save both, though, and another ace helps him to a crucial hold. Melzer grabs his hamstring at the end of the game as well... is that the Austrian's chance come and gone?

"Dig in Muzza!!! Come on now fella!"
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Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 1-2 Melzer
And Melzer shows Muzza exactly how dangerous he can be on his way to 40-0 up - Murray happy to keep the ball in the court, allowing Melzer to step in and bludgeon a series of groundstroke winners. However, Murray is made of sterner stuff than the Austrian's fourth-set display and he holds his nerve as Melzer sends a forehand wide, double faults and then nets a backhand to bring it back to deuce. Murray then thinks he's brought up a break point... but it is ruled out and Melzer just about hangs on.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 1-1 Melzer
Murray levels things up with a crucial hold to 30, shrugging off a net cord that falls Melzer's way to drill an ace and a forehand winner. Murray looks the fresher and the fitter at the moment, but Melzer's one dangerous cookie there's no doubt about that.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 0-1 Melzer
If Murray was under any illusions that Melzer was going to give this up without a fight, that game should have ended those. The Austrian is switched back on nicely and two backhand winners help him to 40-0 up. A smashed forehand seals the game and that is exactly what Melzer needed.

2110: Melzer emerges from the stool after a brief - and at times all too graphic - massage from the on-court trainer and the next set will now get started. Where's your money folks?
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FOURTH SET

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 Melzer
Melzer is going to have to re-gather himself mentally as soon as possible because, at the moment, he'd clearly rather be anywhere other than battling out a fifth set against Andy Murray at Flushing Meadows. Murray holds with consummate ease and a deciding set is just moments away.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 5-1 Melzer
Melzer calls for the trainer for the next changeover before striding out for the game - and maybe that will perk him up a bit because his interest is gone at the moment. The Austrian lazily swings at every shot, drilling as many winners as errors to be fair, and he finally holds when Muzza sends a return wide.

"If Murray loses this, then I'll set fire to my hoover."
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Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 5-0 Melzer
Easy does it for Muzza, and it's a hold to love with Melzer barely running a stride and apparently mentally preparing himself for a fifth set. How strange.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 4-0 Melzer
Melzer looks on the verge of stopping the rot in impressive fashion as he eases to 40-0 up with Murray apparently taking a breather. However, a screaming forehand winner gets the Scot going nicely and a few dreamy service returns later and the Scot has break point. Melzer battles back bravely but the Austrian looks out for the count at the moment and Murray breaks at the second time of asking with Melzer's legs apparently cemented to the Grandstand court surface.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 3-0 Melzer
Jurgen has well and truly gone into Melz-down here. (I've only put that in to stop Miss Cheese calling it out every five minutes, by the way). Murray holds to love in a flash with the Austrian looking disillusioned, tired and all together a bit spent. Murray on a roll...

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 2-0 Melzer
The miraculous shots that Melzer was finding time and again earlier in the match have suddenly abandoned him and Murray battles back from 15-30 down to earn a break point when the Austrian double faults - his seventh of the match. He doesn't let the opportunity slip as Melzer is forced wide on the backhand side and the switch in momentum is huge here.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 1-0 Melzer
So how will Melzer react to that? If the first game of set four is anything to go by, not very well. A host of missed groundstrokes from the Austrian and it's a stroll to a hold to love for Muzza.

THIRD SET

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Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) Melzer
Murray opens with a telling return, only for Melzer to reply in kind with one of his own... a sign of things to come from a fiercely-contested breaker. A fierce backhand sees Muzza into the changeover with a 4-2 lead, but again Melzer finds an answer as his forehand return has Murray groping unsuccessfully and yet another ace from the Austrian sees him go 5-4 up. Murray replies with a couple of superb serves - the second an ace clocked at 138mph, possibly his fastest recorded serve on tour - and he snatches the all-important set point with a drilled backhand down the line. This has epic written all over it folks... don't go anywhere.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 6-6 Melzer
I have to say, this is rather painful to watch at the moment. Muzza goes 30-0 up with a couple of intelligent groundstrokes, but Melzer keeps the Scot on tenterhooks with a delicious return. Muzza ends up holding to 15, though, and it will be a tie-break...

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 5-6 Melzer
Much like most of this match, Murray flatters to deceive with a couple of screaming returns to go 30-0 up on Melzer's serve... only for the errors to creep back into his game, allowing the Austrian to roar back and take an absolutely pivotal hold with an ace. Murray must now serve to stay in the match...

"This match says loud and clear that Andy's seeding flatters him. He really has to do something about his serving. It is killing him."
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Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 5-5 Melzer
Melzer comes out firing and the Austrian looks to have the upper hand in the rally at 15-30, only for Muzza to pull off a delicious return and volley to inspire him to a 40-30 lead... but Melzer battles back, forces a break point with Muzza disputing an out call on his serve, and an inexplicable drop shot from the Scot gifts Melzer the break. It's 5-5... unbelievably.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 5-4 Melzer
Energy conservation is the order of the day early in the game for Muzza, refusing to get involved in any long rallies, but a couple of spectacular returns help him to deuce without breaking a massive sweat. Melzer battles bravely to the hold, but Muzza will come out from the change of ends with the chance to make it 2-1...

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 5-3 Melzer
Massive escape for Murray! Melzer piles on the pressure, drilling a couple of stunning service return winners, and the Austrian brings up three break points with the game barely a minute old. He nets break chances one and two and Murray then drills a backhand winner on his way to a potentially crucial save. Over on Court 11, Wawrinka looks like he is going to complete his own comeback from two sets down to beat Cipolla - can Muzza do the same?

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 4-3 Melzer
Melzer holds it together well to keep himself in the set, despite some real aggression from Murray. The Austrian's serve has been his real golden shot this match and it show no sign of faltering just yet...

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 4-2 Melzer
Well well well, has the tide turned? Muzza pulls off a sensational improvised forehand down the line and an ace and an unreturnable serve consolidates his break to 15.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 3-2 Melzer
Melzer looks like he is cruising to a hold, but a wayward backhand and then double fault see Muzza snatch a glimpse of an opening at 30-30. That glimpse turns into a cast-iron chance when Melzer nets a return to hand the Scot break point... but it goes begging again as yet another Melzer drop shot forces the error. However, a long forehand opens the door for Murray again - and at the 10th time of asking, Muzza makes a break point chance count, firing a delicious backhand return winner and he greets it with a yelp that is as much relief as it is joy. The start of an epic comeback?

"I think Murray may make a comeback, but he isn't the kind of guy to be taken to five sets, shrug it off, and then progress much further in the tournament."
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Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 2-2 Melzer
If Murray is wondering how he is going to go about getting back into this match, he isn't showing it as he holds to love with a handful of crunching first serves and a forehand winner from behind the baseline.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 1-2 Melzer
Every time Murray gets a foothold into a game, Melzer pulls open the top drawer and brings out a shot of the highest quality. The Austrian continues to find the angles, the winners over the high part of the net, as he holds to deuce, much to Murray's annoyance... and bemusement.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 1-1 Melzer
Murray continues to hang in there, but you get the feeling that unless something changes momentum alone could get Melzer home here. Still, a genius backhand from behind the baseline earns Muzza a hold to 30 and it might just be a shot like that that could swing things his way...

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 0-1 Melzer
Lest we forget, Murray came back from two sets down to beat Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon this year, so this isn't quite over yet people... although if Melzer keeps drilling groundstrokes and serves as accurately as he is now, it may well be soon. One such drilled backhand winner takes the Austrian to 30-0 up and another couple of booming strokes seal him the opening game of the third set to 15.

SECOND SET

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 Melzer
This time it is errors that cost Murray as he nets a perfectly get-able volley and then another backhand to deliver two set points to the Austrian. The first is saved with a forehand crosscourt winner but he sends a backhand wide on the second and Melzer breaks for the first time in the match to snatch a two-set lead. Ominous for Muzza, this, more than ominous.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-5 Melzer
Another game of little or no errors from Murray, another one won by Melzer. The Scot ups the ante on the Austrian's serve time and again to force the deuce, but Melzer digs deep for the answers when it matters most and a drilled forehand winner earns him the hold.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 4-4 Melzer
Melzer piles the pressure on Murray with all-out attack, especially on the Scot's second serve, but Muzza has the noodles to hang in there and hold to 30 courtesy of a forehand winner to the open side. Excellent mental strength displayed there.

"How many break points has he missed now? Surely Murray is miles ahead in terms of break points, and points won in general? Surely when Murray breaks the cradle will fall, down will come baby, cradle and all! (Or, to put it another way, Murray will start winning easily when he finally breaks?)"
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Murray 6-7 (5-7) 3-4 Melzer
"Are you nuts?! You cannot be serious!" Ladies and gentleman - Melzer is the new McEnroe. The Austrian is the angriest man in showbiz (give or take a bit) as another overrule from the umpire hands Murray a 30-0 lead and seemingly the initiative. He recovers impressively, though, to drag it back to 30-30, only for Murray to wear him down on the forehand side and force yet another break point. It's the first of three break point chances in the game as Muzza takes the attack to the Austrian - but all three are saved, and you have to think that if Murray doesn't take one of these soon...

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 3-3 Melzer
Has Muzza regained his focus? Well the Scot kicks off with his first double fault of the match to suggest possibly not, and a long forehand at 30-15 up keeps Melzer interested in a break. A lamer than lame second serve opens the door to a rally that ends with a Murray error to hand Melzer break point - which is saved by the Scot only thanks to an 'out' call overrule from the umpire. He goes on to hold but this... is... tense.

"More missed opportunities from Murray..."
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Murray 6-7 (5-7) 2-3 Melzer
Good pressure from Muzza and he finally gets his forehand on the deuce side clicking to force a break point - only for Melzer to save it with a drilled forehand that clips the line by a matter of millimetres (if at all). Murray is fuming and his mood is not helped as the Austrian goes on to hold. BIG point, that, can Muzza regain his focus?

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 2-2 Melzer
Once more, Murray's first serve is failing to really trigger - and yet the Scot is looking comfortable on serve. He holds to love with remarkable ease, aided by a couple of gorgeous drop shots that Melzer doesn't even bother to run for.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 1-2 Melzer
He wasn't particularly happy with the line judges in his last match, and Murray is certainly allowing himself the odd outburst here again today. It does him few favours as Melzer strolls to a 40-15 lead - but he then releases his frustration with a delightful forehand winner down the line and a volley at the net to bring it back to deuce. Similar story to the first set, though, as Melzer responds with a couple of fierce serves and he holds.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 1-1 Melzer
A lovely backhand overhead winner from Murray helps the Scot to a 40-0 lead and it looks like he has put the first set behind him nicely. A backhand volley error aside, a decent hold from the Scot.

Murray 6-7 (5-7) 0-1 Melzer
It could take a bit of getting over, that first set for Murray - and with the heat as it is now he won't necessarily fancy the idea of a four- or five-set epic either. Melzer opens the second set with a comfortable hold to 15 - his serve is still ticking along nicely.

FIRST SET

"Murray will be very disappointed with himself. He had so many breakpoints in that set."
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Murray 6-7 (5-7) Melzer
Muzza could have had that set wrapped up a while ago to be honest, and he starts the tie-breaker with a few outbursts as he goes 2-0 down. The breaker to's and fro's, Murray levelling it up at 3-3 thanks to a gorgeous backhand return off a Melzer serve, before the Austrian loses his cool next point as an unforced error prompts him to slam his racquet down on the court. A stunning drop shot gets Melzer back in it, though, and a slammed overhead winner brings up two set points. Murray saves the first with some sensational work at the net, but another outrageous backhand drop shot helps Melzer take the set at the second opportunity.

Murray 6-6 Melzer
Melzer's incredibly high first-serve percentage abandons him and it opens the door for Murray as the Scot reads the serve down the 'T' and forces the error at the net from the Austrian to earn a break and a set point. Melzer saves it with a drilled backhand winner down the line, and then saves another a point later with an unreturnable first serve which just clipped the service line. He holds and we're into a tie-break...

"Murray's serving really well - on his first and second. Even if he takes it in three close sets it's worth the pay-off for the improvement."
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Murray 6-5 Melzer
A rare error from Murray as he pushes an overhead volley into the net, but a second-serve ace brings up two game points at 40-15. He holds at the second time of asking with an unreturnable first serve.

Murray 5-5 Melzer
Melzer serving to stay in the set... and he does so with a hold to 15, thanks again to a few booming first serves. Over on court 11, by the way, there is a shock on the cards as Stanislas Wawrinka goes two sets down to Flavio Cipolla. The winner of that match faces Murray or Melzer.

Murray 5-4 Melzer
It's heating up a bit at Flushing Meadows now - so much so that the umpire, who is nicely sat in the shade, has called for an ice towel. Tough life isn't it? Talking of heating up - Murray's serve is ticking over nicely now and another hold to love is sealed by an ace.

Murray 4-4 Melzer
The odd frustration from Muzza at the moment - born really out of his sense that he is a matter of inches away from taking a really firm grip on this match. A couple of booming serves help Melzer back from 15-30 down and he holds.

Murray 4-3 Melzer
Nothing like Melzer's worries on serve for Murray as he holds to love, sealed a by a beaut of a backhand crosscourt winner. Looks like Murray is anticipating Melzer's drop shots brilliantly too at the moment.

Murray 3-3 Melzer
Both players have settled rather nicely into their stride as they play out the game of the match so far, Melzer coming out on top from a couple of gripping rallies to go 30-15 up before Murray shows his athleticism to ping a winner at the net to bring up his first break point. Melzer saves it with an ace, but then offers up an unforced error to hand Muzza a second chance - only for the Austrian to drill a superb backhand volley winner to save it again. Another deuce later and Melzer holds.

Murray 3-2 Melzer
A nice drop shot from the back of the court helps Murray to a 30-0 lead, but another brutal return on a second serve sees Melzer pull it back to 30-15. Muzza looks menacingly at the crowd - maybe someone blinked at the wrong time. Anyway, the Scot is soon back to full focus and he eases through the rest of the game, sealing it with an ace - just two points dropped on serve so far for him.

Murray 2-2 Melzer
Melzer starting to mix things up on his serve now, spinning out wide to the deuce court on occasion to keep Murray honest, and it helps him to a 40-15 lead. The Austrian's second ace of the match levels the set up at 2-2.

Murray 2-1 Melzer
Bosh. Easy as you like from Murray, the Scot holding to love thanks to a couple of fierce forehand winners.

Murray 1-1 Melzer
Melzer comes out on top of a cracking rally to open the game, the Austrian using the drop shot to good effect before volleying a winner at the net, but Muzza is full of confidence at the moment and he pegs it back to deuce with some intelligent play from the back of the court. Melzer sees it out with a couple of big serves, but promising signs for Murray.

Murray 1-0 Melzer
Early indications that Melzer - just as he did at Indian Wells in their only other encounter - is going to go all-out on Muzza's second serve as he rams a return winner down the line at the first opportunity at 15-0. Despite finding only one first serve, though, Britain's finest holds to 15 courtesy of a couple of fluent groundstrokes.

1750: Right, here we go folks... Murray to serve first.

1749: A quick look now then at the formbook as the players finalise their warm-ups. Murray has reached this stage courtesy of a simple victory over Sergio Roitman and a rather less simple defeat of Michael Llodra, while Melzer has impressed in beating Feliciano Lopez and Jiri Vanek so far. Murray beat the Austrian in their only previous encounter, coming from a set down to win at the Indian Wells Masters in March, and the pair will likely meet again in September's Davis Cup tie between Britain and Austria.

Murray says: "He's a lefty, comes to the net a lot, plays aggressive. He doesn't give you too much rhythm. But I feel like I'm playing well just now and I'm confident."

My prediction? A four-set win for Muzza. Yours?
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1747: By comparison, Jurgen Melzer's personal website is a rather slim affair, though this is at least partly due to the fact that I can't read German. It does have a photo of him shopping, though. Nice.
www.juergenmelzer.com

1744: I've been reading Andy's personal website alongside keeping half an eye on Radwanska v Cibulkova, and it's full of fascinating tit-bits with which to impress your tennis fan buddies, I tell you.

Apparently, Muzza honed his tennis skills from an early age on a Swingball set, turned down the chance to join Glasgow Rangers as a footballer aged 13 and he loves boxing. He also appears to have had a Bart Simpson obsession as a child, and will charge you £12.50(!) for a 'Muzza' bear which basically constitutes a traditional cuddly toy with a green headband and tennis racquet. Skills.
www.andymurray.com

"Just to point out Sam, Wawrinka dropped his first set, so it could be the Italian Cipolla up next for Murray!"
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1740: It's a little earlier than Muzza might have expected, this match, given the procession that was Agnieszka Radwanska's two-set win over Dominika Cibulkova, but he and Melzer stride onto the Grandstand court the very picture of concentration. We're about 5/10 minutes away from the start if you want to get yourself a brew, folks. In the meantime, get involved on 606 or drop me a text on 81111 and give yourself a chance of becoming internet famous.

"Murray should beat Melzer. I think it's just a question of how many sets it takes and how far we get down our fingernails."
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1735: Saturday night? It's not about going out with your mates, courting a future ex-girlfriend or -boyfriend and working on a hangover you'll only regret tomorrow. No. It's about staying in, repeatedly pressing F5 on a BBC Sports commentary and avoiding real people, fresh air or anything resembling alcohol. Honest.

For your pleasure right now, I bring you British number one Andy Murray up against Jurgen Melzer of Austria in the third round of the US Open from Flushing Meadows. This is the Slam Muzza really thinks he can win, people, so strap yourself in as the Scot looks to set up a possible fourth-round match against 10th seed Stanislas Wawrinka.



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